The body of an army private who was beaten to death at an army camp in Yala by his drill sergeants and superiors will be cremated on Saturday after relatives of the alleged perpetrators had apologized in front of the dead victim and his family.
Ordered by the commander of the 4th army region, relatives of the seven officers showed up at Wat Sampao in Sichon district of Nakhon Si Thammarat on Friday to pay respect and make a formal apology to the dead victim, Pvt Songtham Moodmud.
The relatives of the alleged perpetrators were booed and jeered by some angry relatives of the victim prompting Mr Apichart Moodmud, the victim’s father, to appeal for calm and to stop the improper act.
Lt-Col Somkid Kongkheng, former commander of the 152nd infantry company of the first battalion based at Payak army camp, accepted his responsibility saying that the tragic incident was a family’s problem that he didn’t want to happen.
He promised to take care of the funeral and rehabilitation for the victim’s family although he was removed from the army camp following the tragedy. He also said that the army assured that similar incident would not recur.